Michael Johnson
Associate Editor, 5.0 Mustangs & Super Fords
May 1, 2008

Central Florida Machine and Speed built the short-block using a Cobra crankshaft and Manley rods, pistons, and piston rings. After Chris Starnes ported the stock Three-Valve heads, they were fitted with Crane Cams custom-ground blower cams, stock followers and adjusters, and custom valvesprings. A stock intake resides up top with a Blue Oval twin 62mm throttle body. An SCT Big-Air mass air meter reads incoming air prior to entering a Vortech V-2 S-Trim supercharger capable of providing the built engine with 13 pounds of boost. When David Kicklighter owned the car, the combination was good for 584 hp and 10.70s in the quarter-mile. Since the engine's rebuild, Mike hasn't had it back to the track.

5.0 Tech Specs
ENGINE AND DRIVETRAINELECTRONICS
BlockEngine Management
Stock '05 {{{Mustang}}} {{{GT}}} Stock Computer, SCT tune
DisplacementIgnition
281ciStock
Rotating AssemblyGauges
Cobra crankshaft, ManleyAuto Meter boost, AEM air/fuel
connecting rods and pistons 
Cylinder HeadsSUSPENSION AND CHASSIS
Stock Three-Valve, ChrisFront Suspension
Starnes-ported, customK-member
valvespringsStock
CamshaftsControl Arms
Crane Cams custom groundStock
Intake ManifoldCaster/Camber Plates
Stock plasticStock
Throttle BodySprings
Blue Oval Twin 62mmSaleen
Mass Air MeterStruts
SCT Big AirSaleen
Power AdderBrakes
Vortech V-2 S-Trim withStock
Aftercooler, 3.33-in pulley, 13Wheels
pounds of boostSaleen 20-in
Fuel SystemTires
Twin 255-lph fuel pumps, WeldonDunlop SP Sport Maxx
fuel pressure regulator, 60-lb/hrRear Suspension
injectors, custom 1/2-inch fuelSprings
lines, Creative PerformanceSaleen
Racing fuel railsShocks
ExhaustSaleen
FRPP headers, Bassani XhaustControl Arms
X-shape crossover, SaleenSaleen
mufflers Brakes
TransmissionStock
Stock, SPEC Stage 3 clutch,Wheels
Cobra pressure plate, SaleenSaleen
shifterTires
RearendDunlop SP Sport Maxx
8.8, Moser 31-spline axles, 4.10 
gears